Book Review – This is For You

This is For You is the continuation of Amy and Seth’s story from My Lullaby of You. Amy graduates college as Seth enters a rite of passage of his own. What’s next for the couple? Can their love last through yet another round of big changes in their lives? Has it even lasted up to this point?

The sequel to My Lullaby of You, I was chomping at the bit for this little guy and, confession, I got a sneak peak when I “beta read” it for the author. Generally when I hear “local author” I assume the book will be subpar. I don’t know why I assume a good book cannot come from a Michigan resident, but I am wrong. These two beach reads were so fun and so… normal.

Book 29:
This is For You
by Alia Rose

Genre:
Young Adult, Beach Read

Published:
May 2019

Synopsis According to Mandi:
Without spoilers, This is For You is the continuation of Amy and Seth’s story from My Lullaby of You. Amy graduates college as Seth enters a rite of passage of his own. What’s next for the couple? Can their love last through yet another round of big changes in their lives? Has it even lasted up to this point?

Favorite Quote(s):

“I waited for her to come back into the living room, knowing I would get some form of a lecture, but if she was offering me coffee for it, I hoped it wouldn’t be too bad.”

– Alia Rose, This is For You

Awards (based upon my brief research):
None yet.

Pages:
87

My Overall Rating:
4 – When I finished My Lullaby of You, the characters were so young that there was so much room for what would come next despite the ending that also left ample amount of room. I wanted to know where the characters went from there, and Alia actually took the jump and gave us an answer!

This is for You takes a leap over the next four years of Seth’s and Amy’s lives and gives a peak into their future from there. It’s short. It’s sweet. It answers lingering questions. It gives resolution without completely finishing their story, leaving room for the reader to imagine what comes next, yet feel good about where it’s landed.

And all-in-all, it’s just plain fun. Think beach read goes to Chicago and comes back to beach.

Book Review – Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is about rebel, Huck Finn’s escape from civilization with runaway slave, Jim. The two set off on a raft down the Mississippi in search equally of adventure and independence. Along the way, they cross paths with people who challenge their perspective on friendship, morality and love – setting them in a trajectory of clinging to one another in a way that will change their lives forever.

I’m quickly approaching my library’s Summer Reading Program Book BINGO #2, but this one was painful. According to the bookmark I found in this book, I read one chapter in 2017 (following my reading of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer), and decided no, not now, I can’t. At this point in my life, it is the only book that could fill the “read a book you started but never finished” square in my BINGO card, because I have only ever quit two books and, well, now I’ve read both of those…

Book 28:
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
by Mark Twain

Genre:
Classic, Fiction, Historical Fiction

Published:
December 1884

Synopsis According to Mandi:
Without spoilers, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is about rebel, Huck Finn’s escape from civilization with runaway slave, Jim. The two set off on a raft down the Mississippi in search equally of adventure and independence. Along the way, they cross paths with people who challenge their perspective on friendship, morality and love – setting them in a trajectory of clinging to one another in a way that will change their lives forever.

Favorite Quote(s):

“Right is right, and wrong is wrong, and a body ain’t got no business doing wrong when he ain’t ignorant and knows better.”

– Mark Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Awards (based upon my brief research):
I’m not actually certain many books published in the 1800s were given awards… Are awards a 1900s thing?

Pages:
292

My Overall Rating:
1 – I mean, this is considered “the first American novel”. It is like the classics of classics in American literature, and I. Just. Couldn’t.

I love the idea of reading classics. I think it’s generally good practice to do so – they wouldn’t require so many of them in school if that weren’t the case, right? But, as I mentioned with The Red Pony, I just don’t get it.

To give it some credit, I read the whole book as if Huck Finn were the actual author. The narration was on point. However, much of the story just felt fine. Huck and Jim were floating down the Mississippi river without a care in the world. There was room for so much adventure, but so much of their adventure was at the mercy of their imaginations and not lived out.

The final 50 pages in this particular edition (the time at the Phelps’ farm) were solid, funny and interesting. But that was still not enough to pull me out of my Huck Finn drudgery.